Democracy, Identity, and European Public Spheres

in Thomas Risse ed: European Public Spheres: Politics is Back, Cambridge University Press 2014, 247-262.

15 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2015

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Date Written: March 31, 2015

Abstract

The empirical findings of this volume give evidence of Europeanisation in the form of political contestation about matters European. What is the significance for democracy and for the future European Union, of increased politicization in the sense of contestation in various public spheres among political parties about the European polity and regimes – including the territory and competences of the EU. I suggest that there is a third option, in addition to either unfortunate corrosion and fragmentation of the EU or “normalization” of policy contestation, namely permanent salient contestation about constitutional matters – of which the euro crisis may be only one.

Keywords: EU, political sphere

Suggested Citation

Follesdal, Andreas, Democracy, Identity, and European Public Spheres (March 31, 2015). in Thomas Risse ed: European Public Spheres: Politics is Back, Cambridge University Press 2014, 247-262.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2587647

Andreas Follesdal (Contact Author)

Pluricourts ( email )

P.O. Box 6706
St. Olavs plass 5
0130 Oslo
Norway

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